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Croatian walnut roll

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  • Author: Tamara Novacovic
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes


The secret of this roll’s great flavor comes from the filling, made with walnuts or poppy seeds, raisins and rum. Also, the dough is often flavored with lemon or orange zest.



For the dough

  • 1 oz (30 g) fresh yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/5 cup (50 ml) warm milk
  • 3 1/2 cups (350 g) all purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) butter
  • 1/8 cup (30 g) sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 egg for the egg wash

For the filling

  • 3 1/2 cups cups (350 g) ground walnuts
  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (100 g) raisins
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 0.8 cups (200 ml) milk
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. First, crumble fresh yeast with warm milk, sugar and flour. Let rise for 15 minutes, covered with clean kitchen towel, until frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour with salt, melted butter, sugar and lemon zest. Add yolks and 1 whole egg, sour cream and yeast mixture. Knead until soft dough forms. Let rise in an oiled bowl, covered with clean kitchen towel in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  3. In the meantime, make the filling: combine ground walnuts with sugar and vanilla sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and hones. Combine raisins with rum and let stand for 15 minutes. Add raisins with rum to the previous mixture. Add boiling milk and combine everything. Let cool until you roll out the dough.
  4. Punch down risen dough. Divide in two equal parts. Roll out each part onto floured surface into a rectangle (that fits the size of your baking pan) approximately 35 x 30 cm. Spread with filling, leaving1/2- inch (1 cm) border uncovered. Starting at long side, roll up, pinching seam to seal.
  5. Place rolls seam side down in a greased baking pan. Let rise again, until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 392 F (200 Celsius).
  7. Brush rolls with whisked egg and bake for about 40 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before slicing. You can dust it with powdered sugar before serving.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
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